PEDIATRIC FEEDING PROBLEMS: PICKY EATING AND BEYOND
As dietitians, we know what the perfect diet for a child’s optimal growth and development should look like. But the main question caregivers often ask us is less about the *what* but more about the *how* of feeding. Parents often have the nutritional knowledge but lack the tools to feed their children better. Join us for this informative session to learn how to provide parents and other caregivers with the best strategies to improve their child’s eating, whether they are puzzled by developmentally normal eating behaviors or are struggling with extreme picky eating and food aversions.
Upon successful completion of this 2-hour course, the participant should be able to:
Understand the difference between typical eating behaviors and extreme picky eating/selective eating.
Identify main components of nutritional assessment of children with feeding problems and avoid typical misinterpretations of growth charts.
Describe 5 steps in management of feeding problems in children and know why inadequate nutrition can be a consequence of a lack of trust, structure and positive feeding relationship.
Know when and how to put together a team of specialist to manage complicated feeding cases where oral motor delays, sensory issues and GI disorders may play a role.
Identify the difference between parenting feeding styles and how they affect the child’s eating and long term relationship with food.
About the Presenter: Natalia Stasenko, MS, RD, CDN
Natalia Stasenko, MS, RDN is a pediatric dietitian with a Masters degree in Nutrition Education and years of experience running a pediatric nutrition practice, consulting for Head Start and contributing to major media outlets including Parents.com, Food and Nutrition Magazine, Kids Eat Right and others. She recently co-wrote a cookbook Real Baby Food and launched online feeding school for parents at feedingbytes.com.